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November 02, 2005

Nabarro: Pandemic may force countries to shut down

David Nabarro, the WHO's avian-flu boss, gave the British House of Lords an earful today, according to a story in Guardian Unlimited. He's not happy with corporate planning:

What could happen was clear from the preparations being made by big companies, he said. "Large multinational companies have started to do their own risk assessments and risk planning," said Dr Nabarro, giving evidence to the committee's inquiry into pandemic influenza.

"I find them very, very scary. They are about closing down, retrenching, locking the doors, one or two months' survival rations ... their own Tamiflu stocks. That sort of response will make the task (of dealing with the pandemic) very, very difficult."

Dr Nabarro, speaking by videolink from the US where George Bush was launching his pandemic flu strategy, said it would be necessary to move very fast once the virus began to spread easily between humans. "It looks as though we really do only have a window of about three weeks to get moving if we are going to delay the pandemic at source," he said.


Posted by dymaxion at November 2, 2005 10:58 AM

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